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*5^th International Workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural 
Environments (AFFINE): *


*Interacting with Affective Artefacts in the Wild*

Geneva, 2 September 2013

Satellite event of ACII 2013 (

A vital requirement for social robots, virtual agents, adaptive games 
and smart mobile technology is the ability to infer the affective and 
mental states of humans and provide appropriate output during sustained 
social interactions, and to do so in a timely manner. Examples include 
ensuring that the user is interested in maintaining the interaction or 
providing suitable empathic responses through the display of facial 
expressions, gestures or generation of speech. This workshop will cover 
real-time computational techniques for the recognition and 
interpretation of human affective and social behaviour behaviour, models 
of "mentalising" and "empathising" for affective interaction in 
naturalistic settings, and techniques for synthesis of believable social 
behaviour supporting real-time adaptive human-agent and human-robot 
interaction in real-world environments.**

This year AFFINE especially welcomes studies that provide new insights 
into the use of multimodal techniques for enabling interaction between 
humans and technology "in the wild", i.e., in natural, everyday, 
non-laboratory settings. We anticipate the main outcome of this workshop 
to be the identification and investigation of important open issues in 
real-time, affect-aware applications in natural environments. Issues 
such as natural and multimodal interaction, estimation and adaption to 
context, context dependent processing and related databases, HCI/HRI 
beyond emotion (cognition, behaviour, etc.) and best practices for 
application to real environments will be discussed in the context of 
interacting with other humans and social artefacts.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Multimodal human affect and social behaviour recognition

Multimodal expression generation in robots and virtual agents

Perception-action loops in agents/robots

Cognitive and affective 'mentalising'

Visual attention / user engagement with robots and embodied 
conversational agents (ECAs)

Emotion and cognitive state representation

Social context awareness and adaptation

Natural Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) / Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Frameworks for adaptive, real-time HCI and HRI

Multimodal and emotional corpora (naturally evoked or induced emotion)

Techniques for handling noisy data in real world scenarios

Affective mobile computing

Recognition of human behaviour for implicit tagging

Crowdsourcing affective behaviour

Exertion games/physical interaction

Real-world interactive/affective artefacts

Applications to interactive games, robots and virtual agents

*Program committee *

Albert Ali Salah (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze (University College London, UK)

Timothy Bickmore (Norteastern University, USA)

Carlos Busso (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Marc Cavazza (University of Teesside, UK)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Laurence Devillers (LIMSI-CNRS, France)

Sidney D'Mello (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Faiyaz Doctor (Coventry University, UK)

Hatice Gunes (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Zakia Hammal (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Stefanos Kollias (ICCS-NTUA, Greece)

Iolanda Leite (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)

Maurizio Mancini (University of Genova, Italy)

Peter William McOwan (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Radoslaw Niewiadomski (Telecom ParisTech, France)

Fotios Papadopoulos (University of Birmingham, UK)
Bjoern Schuller (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany)

Giovanna Varni (University of Genova, Italy)

Gualtiero Volpe (University of Genova, Italy)

Michael Walters (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

*Important dates *

Deadline for paper submission: 26 April 2013

Notification of acceptance: 3 June 2013

Camera ready paper: 17 June 2013



*Paper format*


Papers should be 6 pages long and follow the standard IEEE double column 
format, in accordance with the guidelines of the ACII conference. For 
more information about the format, see the workshop's website:


*Workshop chairs*

Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham, UK)

Kostas Karpouzis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Jean-Claude Martin (Paris South University, France)

Louis-Philippe Morency (University of Southern California, USA)

Christopher Peters (KTH, Sweden)

Laurel Riek (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Dr. Ginevra Castellano
School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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